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We Love Misty Copeland: Fights And WINS Against ALL Odds

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MISTY-COPELAND-UNDER-ARMOUR-fit-healthy-sexy1-750x375Misty Copeland is a force to be reckoned with. With a burning desire to become a professional ballerina, she had to work day and night to see this goal to fruition because all odds were against her. She started dancing at the age of 13, considered 6 years later than most professional dancers. Not only that, but she is 1.57m tall, which is about 5cm shorter than the norm. She was constantly told she wasn’t good enough, that she wouldn’t succeed, and with a scarcity of black ballerinas in this profession, it seemed she didn’t stand a chance.

If you look at her now however, she has defied the requirements of your “standard ballerina”, being the third black female soloist in the history of the American Ballet Theatre, and since 2008, the only black female member of the American Ballet Theatre. In her own words:

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Success isn’t handed to us: We earn it.

Featured image/pic via hellogiggles.com

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I Will What I Want – a campaign created by Under Armour, focusing on womenswear and the empowering  will of the female athlete. You’ll see the likes of downhill skier Lindsey Vonn advocate this campaign, as well as soccer player Kelley O’Hara and Victoria’s Secret model Gisele Bündchen.

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This Black Lemonade May Look Strange, But It’s Delicious and Healthy

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On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than a cold glass of lemonade.

Besides traditional lemonade, the drink also comes in a variety of flavors. Raspberry, strawberry, and even aloe Vera lemonade have all become pretty popular over the years. But the most unique may be this strange black lemonade that’s caught the internet’s attention.

Although it looks a little odd, it’s actually delicious and healthy. The secret ingredient, which is what gives the drink its black color, is charcoal!

Jen, the creator of this charcoal lemonade, posted the ingredients on Instructables with the explanation, “Black lemonade is a quick and simple recipe requiring just a few ingredients. You probably have most of them in your kitchen already…except the charcoal.”

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All you need is the juice of one lemon, 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal, stevia or other sweetener, water, and ice.

Jen explains further about the benefits of charcoal:

“Black lemonade is a refreshing drink that gets its black color from activated charcoal.

“Activated charcoal has many health benefits including: preventing hangovers, whitening teeth, anti-aging, and removing toxins from the body. It works by bonding to toxins which get carried out of the body through elimination. 

“It is important to drink enough water when taking activated charcoal. Some of you may ask ‘Why not just take the capsule instead of mixing it in a drink?’

“I do this simply so I know that I am consuming enough water to circulate the charcoal well enough in my system. Plus, since activaed charcoal has no flavor, the lemonade is delicious!”


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This Woman Wants Us To Know That Dress Sizes Are B.S.

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Instagrammer Michelle Elman wants women to know that dress sizes are complete B.S.

Five years ago, Michelle was a UK size 12. Now, she’s a size 20. However, she still fits in a dress that she bought five years ago. She says she wants to use this as a reminder to anyone who is unhappy with their size that “numbers don’t mean anything.”

NUMBERS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING. I found a dress in my cupboard the other day that I had since I was in sixth form. The dress is a size 14. I bought it 5 years ago when I was a size 12. Now, I'm a size 20. And yet, I still fit it. Which just proves that NUMBERS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING. So are you really going to let a change a dress size dictate your day? Are you really going to let an increase in a number affect your mood? Same dress. Still comfortable. Still beautiful. (In fact, I think I look better and happier now!) A higher dress size doesn't mean: – you are less beautiful – you are less worthy – you are less lovable – you are a worse human – you are a bad person – you are a different person AND it doesn't even mean you have a bigger body. You could go up a dress size by simply changing stores… (or countries). You can change dress sizes because of the time of the day or simply due to whether you are on your period or not. If you look at your cupboard and you find it harder and harder to find something to wear because of a change in clothing size, I have a great solution for you… throw out all clothes that don't fit. Looking at your wardrobe shouldn't be something that makes you feel insecure and sad so make sure everything in your wardrobe fits! Numbers don't matter. Not the number on the back of your jeans, on the scale or even the number in your bank account. You are not a number. #OneTakeBeauty #BodyPositivity EDIT: For anyone saying I'm lying about my size. Check my stories

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Michelle explains that she “always had this fear of going over 200 pounds.” She says she promised herself that she would never “cross that point.” But when she was 19, she underwent bowel obstruction surgery.

“When I came out, I was only allowed to eat low fiber foods and was prevented from eating any vegetables and fruits and from exercising,” she said. Whilst I felt the urge to diet and exercise, I knew my body needed to recover from my abdominal surgeries and so I sat down with myself and made a choice to prioritize my health and accept the weight gain as part of my recovery.”

Michelle continued to gain weight.

“Although I struggled with that mentally, that’s ultimately how I began loving my body,” says Michelle. “I realized I was simply grateful for having survived so many surgeries and still having the ability to use body was a gift.”

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Picking up on a few of the comments from yesterday's post. "You look good for a size 20" – This is not a compliment. It's like saying that an older woman looks good "for her age". Who says size 20 women can't look good? Who says older women can't look good? It's ALSO an insult to all my other size 20 babes. When you say I look good for a size 20, it usually means I look skinnier than a size 20 which still sends the message: thin = good, fat = bad. "You are lying, you aren't a size 20" – I am a U.K. Size 20. It is a fact that changes depending on which store but the majority of my clothes are size 20. That is a fact. This assumption that I'm lying is contingent on your perception of what a size 20 looks like. This perpetuates the idea that fat equals ugly or unattractive which is most definitely DOES NOT! "You distorted camera angles + edited it to look skinnier" – It was not a preprepared photo that I planned from 5 years ago so yes different angles but it's the only photo I had in the dress. The photo from 2012 had a filter because another person took that photo. The one from 2017 is not edited/filtered in anyway. These assumptions are based on the fact I have something to hide. NOT HIDING. Right here telling you my dress size. "You aren't even fat. You should stop invalidating the struggles of actual fat women and taking away from the movement" – I don't know what you deem as "actual fat" but both my weight + my dress size indicates I am. I use the word fat because it's not an insult. When you tell me I'm not allowed to use a word that describes me, when I experience the marginalisation of anyone in my size, that invalidates MY experience of being fat-bodied. In terms of taking away from the movement, you'll be hard pushed to find another mixed-race, not able-bodied, fat scarred woman talking about chronic illness and chronic pain and THAT representation matters. In summary, if people tell you they are a certain size, believe them. They are the ones picking out their clothes! You can be the same dress size + look bigger/smaller as shown in the two photos above! Whatever your size, you look good for your size 😉 #scarrednotscared #onetakebeauty

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Michelle’s Instagram posts prove that sizes truly mean nothing.

“Appreciate your body for all that it does for you every day to keep you alive and breathing. Your body is the sole reason you are still here and you are lucky that it works.

“Numbers are numbers, they can’t measure how healthy you are and they can’t measure how happy you are in your body. There’s no point in having a small dress size if you have to deprive yourself or miss out on your life in order to achieve that number.”


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People Can’t Believe This Power Tumbler’s Incredible Skills

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Angel Rice is shocking people all over the world with her insane gymnastic skills. Although she’s been an athlete for years, her Instagram is just now starting to go viral. And people can’t believe what they’re seeing.

Check out just one of her many incredible videos:

Angel is a two-time World Cheerleading Champion and a member of the USA Gymnastics National Power Tumbling Team. She was named World Cheerleading Champion both in 2012 and 2015, and has also won multiple National Championship titles as an all-star cheerleader. When she competed at Power Tumbling Worlds in 2015, she ranked 9th in the entire world.

Additionally, Angel has also been named “Athlete of the Games” for The All-Star Games three years in a row. The All-Star Games celebrates “the aerial arts,” and features categories such as Team Cheerleading, Solo Cheerleading, Power Tumbling, and Extreme Tumbling.

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Angel even has a petition to make power tumbling an official Olympic sport.Thanks to social media, Rice is quickly gaining attention for her incredible talent. On her Instagram, she’s gained over 339,000 followers and that number continues to increase daily. On one video she posted, one fan commented about how she’s seen the video before but thought it was edited due to the fact that it doesn’t even seem humanly possible.

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard💯

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Angel posts as a caption for another video, “So the last video I posted you saw me falling! No big deal. I got up and finished my training! I’m tough as nails I will not let one little fall break me! I learned from my mistake and I got up and did it again! I will be a little sore in the morning, but oh well. Tumbling is my Life.”

Angel has recently appeared on the Steve Harvey Show as well as the Today Show, and holds the current Guinness World Record for Most Double Twists in One Minute. She’s the proud owner of “Halo Elite,” a gym in Gainsville, Georgia where young aspiring athletes can receive expert coaching. Additionally, Angel travels all throughout the country to mentor young gymnasts through tumbling clinics.

You can check out her Instagram here!


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